later Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “later” in the English Dictionary

"later" in British English

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lateradverb

uk   /ˈleɪ.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/
A2 at a ​time in the ​future or after the ​time you have ​mentioned: He'll be back later. We could always go later in the ​season. Police ​questioned him and he was later ​arrested.later on B1 at a ​time in the ​future, or after the ​time you have ​mentioned: What are you doing later on this ​evening? Shall I go and ​fetch her later on? Later on, we could go and have a ​meal if you like.no/not later than not after: She said she'd ​prefer us to ​arrive no later than nine o'clock.

lateradjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈleɪ.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/

later adjective [before noun] (IN THE FUTURE)

B2 happening at a ​time in the ​future, or after the ​time you have ​mentioned: We could ​catch a later ​train. You can always ​changeyourpassword at a later ​date.

later adjective [before noun] (TOWARDS THE END)

C2 happening towards the end of a ​period of ​time or the end of someone's ​life: He ​neededround-the-clockcare in the later ​stages of his ​illness. During his later ​years, he ​lived in Cape Town.

later adjective [before noun] (RECENT)

C2 more ​modern or ​recent: Later ​versions of the ​software are much ​better. Later ​modelsincluded a 2.5 ​litreengine. I ​prefer her ​earlierpaintings to her later ​work.

laterexclamation

uk   /ˈleɪ.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/ (also laters) informal
a way of saying ​goodbye: Laters, Mike.
(Definition of later from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"later" in American English

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lateradverb

 us   /ˈleɪ·t̬ər/

later adverb (NEAR THE END)

comparative of late : He was ​successful later in his ​career.

later adverb (AFTER)

after the ​present, ​expected, or ​usualtime; comparative of late : She said she would ​speak to me later. Why don’t you ​call back later on, when he’s ​sure to be here?
(Definition of later from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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